If you are angry about something, let it out and it might save you a headache. A new study shows people with headaches internalize their anger more than those without headaches.
Of the 422 adults who participated in the study, 171 suffered from headaches. Investigators measured trait anger (how much anger experienced in daily life), internalized anger, hostility, anxiety and depression. Participants also provided information about their headache characteristics.
Researchers found holding anger in was the strongest predictor of a headache and is more common among headache sufferers, even when depression and anxiety is taken into account. Trait anger and hostility did not differ between the groups after researchers controlled for depression and anxiety..
Previous research shows people with headaches may experience more problems with anger and how they express it when compared to people without headaches. Recent studies show anger may also be bad for the heart. Researchers found people who are prone to anger may be more likely to have a heart attack than others who calmly deal with frustrating situations.